Mark Roberts: Inventor Spotlight

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Dr. Mark Roberts, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, studies functional polymers and carbon materials with unique electrochemical properties to address important challenges facing energy storage devices. Roberts received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 2002, where he studied the antimicrobial resistance of biofilms using theoretical methods. He graduated from Stanford University with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2005 and 2009 respectively, for his work on developing flexible and water-resistant organic electronic sensors. Prior to joining Clemson, Roberts worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Sandia National Labs, where he developed functional polymers to achieve a range of activity from fast-discharging batteries to CO2capture.

Dr. Roberts leads a research group at Clemson that focuses on tailoring the properties of polymers and carbon nanomaterials in order to understand how molecular structure and functionality influence electrochemical processes. Roberts has significantly impacted the research enterprise while training the next generation of researchers. His work has influenced the development of high-power and high-energy density batteries, electrolytes that make Li-ion batteries safer, and fast charging and discharge flow battery electrodes. He has graduated 4 Ph.D. students and many undergraduate honors students, and he has secured research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and 3M. He has co-authored 60 journal articles and book chapters and has been a lead inventor on 7 patents.

Roberts’ game-changing research and experience in his field has allowed him to equip the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and skills needed to impact the scientific community.  

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The “R” in REAL: Moving ClemsonForward through research 

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Clemson University has made great strides in improving and building the University research enterprise. Over recent years, Clemson has committed to supporting university researchers through promoting a culture of discovery. The investment Clemson has made to research has culminated in the university receiving a Carnegie R1: Doctoral University (highest research activity) distinction. To continue developing the research reputation at Clemson, the Division of Research has made a set of funding opportunities available within the University that support the “R” in the ClemsonFoward Strategic Plan.

The ClemsonForward Strategic Plan was created to ensure that Clemson fulfills its core mission and maintains its rank among the top 20 public universities, while remaining a tier-one research institution. The Strategic Plan was built to address four strategic priorities: Research, Engagement, the Academic Core, and the Living Environment, better known by the acronym REAL. In an effort to support the “R” in REAL, the Division of Research created the “R-Initiatives.” A collection of funding opportunities available to Clemson University researchers, the R-Initiatives have allowed Clemson to grow in scholarship visibility and impact, to refocus the research mission, and to develop targeted research investments. The Division of Research currently offers 6 distinct funding opportunities that provide avenues for Clemson faculty to develop their research and advance the ClemsonForward strategic initiatives.

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Clemson University Major Research Instrumentation Program

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The Clemson University Major Research Instrumentation Program (CU-MRI) is currently accepting proposals. This program provides researchers with financial support from the Division of Research. The funds can be used to upgrade or replace major research equipment that will impact further funding, scholarship, and research productivity. For this program, major research equipment is defined as a unit having a useful life of at least five years and an acquisition cost of more than $50,000.

Proposals must be received by 4:30pm, March 27, 2019 in InfoED. Faculty are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals for routing and electronic signature at least two business days before the deadline. Evaluation criteria looks at areas such as the possibility of the equipment being shared by multiple users, the quality of the plan of how to integrate the equipment, and other factors that demonstrate potential benefit to Clemson University.  Researchers are encouraged to apply and help bring new major research instrumentation to Clemson’s campus.

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